The Milwaukee Brewers decided not to wait until September to take a look at shortstop prospect Jean Segura. They called him up Monday with the intention of playing him regularly the rest of the season.
"I think it's a great opportunity to look at him," said manager Ron Roenicke. "It's important to see for going forward next year and maybe the year after to see where Segura is and what we think of him.
"If he's doing really well, he'll be out there a lot. We plan to play him a lot anyway. But the better he does, he's going to be more comfortable and confident. That's what it's all about.
"When a young guy comes up, it's how do you get him confident in what he's doing? You throw him out there and see what happens. He's certainly going to get that opportunity."
Segura, 22, is one of three minor league prospects acquired on July 27 from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke. Segura was assigned to Class AA Huntsville, where he batted .433 with four RBI and four stolen bases in eight games.
The Brewers opted to look at Segura after allowing veteran infielder Cesar Izturis to be claimed on waivers by the Washington Nationals. Izturis had been splitting time at shortstop with Cody Ransom since starter Alex Gonzalez was lost early in the season with a knee injury.
Roenicke, a former coach with the Angels, said, "The guys that I know in Anaheim gave good reports on the kid, said he has good instincts, got a good mind for the game and really good tools.
"He's got power to all fields; really drives the ball well the opposite way. He's got good speed, so he'll have good range at short. He's got a fantastic arm. And he steals bases. So he does a lot of things. I'm looking forward to seeing him. I love seeing guys that are young and have tremendous tools."
Segura was obviously overanxious in his Brewers debut. He swung at everything thrown to him and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.